6 Tips for Acing a Job Interview After Age 50

Hiring managers explain what impresses them and what annoys them.

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Don't talk too much. Baby boomers and seniors have decades' worth of experience to convey in the interview. But try not to spend the entire interview talking in an effort to impress. "I have my agenda of things that I want to discover about the person, and if they spend 15 minutes responding to one question, that just annoys me," says Paul Hvidding, vice president of human resources at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Arlington, Va. Pick out a few experiences that you want to highlight during the interview, and practice describing them in a concise way. Says Hvidding: "Give nice crisp responses, and be aware of the needs of the interviewer to gather the information that he or she needs."